“Many musicians defy musical convention. Very few can transport the listener beyond established boundaries without leaving them feeling lost. For six years, Planet Boelex has been creating music that is quite simply out of this world. So, it’s playfully fitting that ‘Raja’, this much anticipated EP from the Finnish musician, is a title that translates as ‘boundary’ or ‘limits’. Over five elegant, entrancing tracks, ‘Raja’ has the capacity to transport you high above the clouds and hundreds of leagues below the surface of the ocean. It redefines melody, and somehow teases sublime sonic compositions from static. This is organic electronica, underpinned by glitched beats that could come from chattering computers abandoned on a scrapheap. Planet Boelex spins on a slower axis this time around. The results, at times majestic and reflective, mournful and uplifting, bring lasting rewards to listeners old and new.” — Matt Whyman
Date 2010-05-02See also MusicBrainz (release group); MusicBrainz (release)
track 2 “Not From Here”: collaboration with Lisa’s antenna
track 3 “Suddenly”: collaboration with Mikael Fyrek
track 5 “Sailor’s Dilemma”: acoustic guitar & additional loops by Mosaik
cover artwork and release notes by Matt Whyman
logo design by Stewart Fritz
May 4, 2010
Planet Boelex - Raja
There are few artists that I hold dear enough to instantly must have every release they put out as soon as I hear word of it. Planet Boelex is one of those.
From the first time I heard his "Sinking in the Soup EP" in 2005 I was captivated by his intricate and fragile rhythms so seamlessly blended with captivating melodies and atmospheres.
Over time his sound grew and matured. Planet Boelex delighted me with the Khavi Collective release, "Suunta". His collaborative work with Mosaik (another one of my favorite artists) on "Sisumies" was a sonic snapshot in time I'll never forget. Seriously.
On "Raja", Planet Boelex flexes his creative power again with unsurprisingly beautiful and touching works. The highlight (if one had to be picked) from "Raja", "Not From Here" is achingly touching with smooth and thick beats and intimate vocal work with Lisa's antenna.
"Raja" is an absolutely stunning addition to the Planet Boelex discography and once again begs the question "Why are you giving this away for free?!" I honestly feel guilty after having listened to this music for over 5 years without paying a penny...
May 3, 2010
Well produced downtempo music
I especially recommend to listen to track #2 "Not From Here".